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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 14, 2007 5:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad but true,don't shoot me

If you don't like Brent's sound or choice in covers I find it unlikely that any Brent-era show will change your mind.

I don't care for a lot of his originals, and I'm first and foremost a fan of the Keith era (esp '72-'74) but IMO the band was sagging by late '78/early '79 and Brent gave them a nice swift kick in the ass. To me Fall '79 is almost criminally overlooked- one of THE great post-hiatus tours. And now I'm getting off on a tangent....

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Poster: dcc292 Date: Jun 14, 2007 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad but true,don't shoot me

I agree with a previous post that said if you don't like Brent's sound (keys or vocals) there isn't any show that is likely to convert you to Brent fandom. It sounds to me like you made up your mind about him long ago.
There is no question that the man was a skilled player. Easily as skilled as Keith and far more versatile than him or Pig which was demonstrated by his dexterity with modified Rhodes (his workhorse sound from '79 to whenever), piano, really great Hammond, even a wonderful harpsichord sound for China Doll at the 1980 acoustic sets. The later alone should sway your opinion about his approach to the keys. If not there is plenty of other material to listen to.
I started seeing the Dead in 1983. I distinctly recall how animated Jerry would get listening and watching Brent play solos. This in an era when it was hard to get Jerry to crack a smile or move on stage.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jun 14, 2007 10:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad but true,don't shoot me

His bluesy Hammond work is great. And yes, his interplay with Jerry was a refreshing change from Keith taking a snooze towards the end. Brent added another dimension, and brought some old songs back to life with his tinkling.

There is nothing I dislike about the Dead through the years, but I'm a Brent fan for the hard hitting concerts they were putting out in the 80's. And too, that's when I jumped on the bus...

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